March 19, 2010 10:36
Eight out of 10 cars driving in Korea carry only one person, according to a survey by the Korea Transport Institute. At the request of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, KOTI surveyed some 1.99 million cars driving on 888 main roads nationwide in December and found that 77.7 percent of them carried a single person.
The morning rush hours of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. saw the most number of single-person vehicles with 81.4 percent on nationwide average, with the figure for Seoul as high as 86.3 percent.
The rates of single-person vehicles were higher in large cities, with Seoul at 82.3 percent and Gwangju at 82.7 percent. Relatively less-populated Jeju posted a rate of 65.5 percent and Gangwon Province 69.2 percent.
In Seoul, the rate in the Gangnam area (85.7 percent), the affluent southern part of the city, was higher than in the northern part (79.1 percent), which the ministry attributed to the high volume of traffic passing through Gangnam to nearby cities in Gyeonggi Province such as Anyang, Gwacheon, and Seongnam.
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